Want to change the world?
WildEarth Guardians is hiring a full-time Climate and Energy Program Attorney to help us in our American West-wide efforts to safeguard our planet and advance climate justice. The Attorney will direct targeted legal, administrative, and other advocacy strategies primarily focused in New Mexico, where there is tremendous opportunity to help the state transition from fossil fuels and in doing so, confront fracking in the largest oil producing region in the world. The Attorney will work to help the state of New Mexico justly and equitably transition from fracking and help shift the entire U.S. away from extracting fossil fuels on public lands.
About WildEarth Guardians
WildEarth Guardians (Guardians) is a west-wide environmental advocacy organization headquartered in Santa Fe, NM with offices in Denver, Missoula, MT, and other locations. With a 30-year history of bold action for the environment, we wage innovative legal and grassroots campaigns to protect and restore wildlife, wild places, wild rivers, and community health in the American West.
Our Climate and Energy Program advocates for an American West that is fossil- fuel free by 2035, including 100% powered by renewable energy by 2030, frack- free by 2028, and on the path to full building and transportation electrification before 2050. We recognize the importance of the moment: Ours is the first generation to experience the impacts of climate change and ecosystem destruction, and the last generation with a window of time to do something about it.
In New Mexico, WildEarth Guardians is implementing two key initiatives to confront the oil and gas industry and the greenhouse gases associated with extraction and consumption of fossil fuels. These initiatives include our campaign to protect the Greater Chaco region of northwest New Mexico from unchecked fracking and a campaign to rein in the oil and gas industry in the Permian Basin of southeast New Mexico. Our efforts to confront the industry in New Mexico aim to set the precedent that effective climate action requires that oil and gas be kept in the ground.
Working closely with WildEarth Guardians’ Climate and Energy Program Director and Climate and Energy Senior Campaigner, the Climate and Energy Program Attorney will develop and spearhead strategies and tactics that expose the true cost of oil and gas extraction and leverage environmental and health liabilities to sustain action for climate justice. . The Attorney will engage in rulemakings and other policy initiatives, administrative appeal proceedings, enforcement actions, and possibly other state and/or federal litigation. While focused heavily on seizing opportunities in New Mexico, the work will be done with an eye toward advancing change on an American West-wide and even U.S.-wide scale.
The Attorney will report to and be supervised by WildEarth Guardians’ Climate and Energy Program Director and collaborate with Guardians’ Managing Attorney, other staff attorneys, and program staff as needed.
Knowledge and Skills:
The ideal Climate and Energy Program Attorney is an expert generalist in legal and policy work with the ability to navigate politics without compromising principles, and will bring to the position a fine attention to detail and strong organizational skills. Knowledge and skills that will be beneficial to bring to the position include, but are not limited to:
Salary: $60,000 – $75,000, depending on experience, salary negotiable.
Location: Ideally New Mexico, but during the pandemic, anywhere you want.
WildEarth Guardians offers a friendly and flexible, team-based environment with an excellent benefits package, including full health, dental, life, and disability coverage, a 401(k) retirement plan with a 3% match, 31 days combined of vacation and personal leave on top of all federal holidays, and a paid long-term leave policy (family/sabbatical).
Submit résumé and cover letter to email@example.com with the subject: “Climate and Energy Program Attorney,” and make sure to address any pertinent experience, including professional and personal experience, that is relevant to this position.
Deadline for applications is September 4, 2020.
WildEarth Guardians does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, class, sex, gender, sexual orientation, disability, family/marital status, religion or other protected classes.
Salary Range: $60,000-$75,000 – Negotiable